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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Sep 13, 2005 7:56am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

I Suggest the Aiko from 8/2/82, jerry's birthday, it's a nice 10 minute funky version that segues from Playin in the band.
This is an old creole song that has become a mardi gras standard in New Orleans. As I understand it, and this was explained to me by a creole bartender in the french quarter many years ago, so take it with a grain of salt if you wish, Jacamo-feena-ana-nae is creole and means something like "kiss my butt" . As far as what Aiko-Aiko means, I never got that story.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 13, 2005 8:34am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

You're on the right track! (I went to school in N'awlinz--so sad what's happened to that town, it's hard to even talk about it)...but the song is actually about the rival tribes that used to gather to do literal battle on Mardi Gras day--turf wars, as it were...in later years the fighting took the form of musical taunts and efforts to outdo the other tribes--or in the case of the city, different wards and sections of the city, in everything from colorful dress to drum competitions...

so the lyrics like "My Spy dog see your spotted dog sittin by the bayou...my spy dog say your spotted dog, 'gonna set your tail on Fiy-O" are warnings of the "battle" to come...same w/my Grandma say your grandpa 'gonna fix your chicken Wiy-O"....it's just great rollicking stuff...and BTW, my recommendation for a version that kicks butt is one w/the Neville Bros. from 12-31-87 New Years....doesn't get any truer to the Crescent City sound than the Dead w/the Nevilles.

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Sep 13, 2005 9:13am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

Great stories! Thanks Gren and Pur for the info.

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Poster: philw Date: Sep 13, 2005 10:12am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD Iko Iko

It may be because I was there, but 6/6/92 is one of the best Iko Iko's I've heard